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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The grapes are sour. You disparage it because it is beyond your reach. The allusion is to the well-known fable of the fox, which tried in vain to get at some grapes, but when he found they were beyond his reach went away saying, “I see they are sour.”   1
   Wild grapes. What has been translated “wild grapes” (Isaiah v. 2–4) the Arabs call “wolf-grapes.” It is the fruit of the deadly nightshade, which is black and shining. This plant is very common in the vineyards of Palestine.   2



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